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Gudrun

I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 119 reviews
  • 266 ratings
  • 496 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2015
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  • Murder, She Wrote: A Question of Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    Jessica is invited to join other crime writers at an interactive murder mystery weekend in a historic mansion turned resort. A theatrical troupe presents a play for the paying guests, but a young actor's death during the actual performance isn't part of the script. The local sheriff has never investigated a murder before and enlists Jessica's help and expertise. As she begins to put the pieces together in her folksy fashion, Jessica recognizes that this could well be her last performance.

    Pamela says: "If you loved the show..you will enjoy the book"
    "I would give zero stars if I could"
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    I've read all kinds of books which have been of varied quality, but have never come across a book where I have been shocked that it is able to be in print. This was truly awful and I can only assume that it got published in any form due to the TV series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Marion Castle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    Sense and Sensibility is a sharply detailed portrait of the decorum surrounding courtship and the importance of marriage for women in early 19th-century upper-class English society. The story revolves around Elinor and Marianne Dashwood who, as members of the upper class, cannot "work" for a living and must therefore make a suitable marriage to ensure their livelihood. Elinor is a sensible, rational creature, while her younger sister, Marianne, is wildly romantic - a characteristic that offers Austen plenty of scope for both satire and compassion.

    A. Thompson says: "Much better than the Victoria McGee version"
    "Loved it"
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    Story

    I've read this before, seen it many times, but listening to this was a pleasure. Characters are so good and the story is truly timeless. This was a good version with excellent narration (despite being a cheaper version).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godwulf Manuscript

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    Spenser earned his degree in the school of hard knocks, so he is ready when a Boston university hires him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript. He is hardly surprised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his chest. The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up dead.

    William says: "Good start to a great series!"
    "Reminiscent of Chandler and Spillane"
    Overall
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    Very easy to listen to. As long as you don't expect too much in terms of depth of plot and character. Main character is very likeable and i would listen to more by Parker. I enjoyed this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated By Colson Whitehead
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    “I have a good poker face because I am half dead inside.” So begins the hilarious and unexpectedly moving adventures of an amateur player who lucked into a seat at the biggest card game in town - the World Series of Poker.

    Bill at Torg Stories says: "Sad Funny Book Teaches You About Cards, Ping!"
    "I would have liked more detail"
    Overall
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    Very easy to listen to, but I thought that it would have gone into more detail. I liked his perspective, which made me give this book four stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road Virus Heads North

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (40)

    The Road Virus Heads North tracks an author who buys a creepy painting at a yard sale which was painted by a metal-head neighbor just before he committed suicide.

    Rob says: "Classic King"
    "It was OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was listenable, typical Stephen King. More like his early stuff, which I prefer. Would be nice to see him go back to this genre, perhaps even to this story which could be expanded on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (215)

    Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

    Jennifer says: "I've never read anything like it..."
    "Hercule Poirot at his best"
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    This was a great mystery, with very good characters. I had no idea who did it and was totally taken in by the story and lead down the garden path. Definitely a favourite Hercule Poirot story for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (229)

    FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellbeing and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.

    Becky says: "The Bride Collector"
    "I hear that the author can do better"
    Overall
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    Aspects of this story were good, but overall it was very standard. I found that it was a bit insulting to mental illness - they just need a pat on the hand and to be told that they are pretty and they will be fine!
    I have heard from others that Dekker can write better than this so I would try something else by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (343)

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

    Jen says: "Best Bad Guys EVER!"
    "Action scenes well done"
    Overall
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    Story was very weak, characters were standard, but I felt that the author wrote the action scenes and survival aspects well. Very cool villains.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5620)
    Performance
    (3585)
    Story
    (3587)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Dottie B. says: "Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)"
    "All aspects well-written"
    Overall
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    I liked all aspects of this book: characters, procedure, relationships. The main character is not really likeable, but I found that to be realistic and added to the story. Very well done and surprisingly enjoyable to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disaster Artist: My Life inside 'The Room', the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell
    • Narrated By Greg Sestero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (528)

    Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Wiseau's scenes were rivetingly wrong, yet Sestero, hypnotized by such uninhibited acting, thought, "I have to do a scene with this guy." That impulse changed both of their lives. The Disaster Artist is Greg Sestero's laugh-out-loud funny account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and friendship to make "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" (Entertainment Weekly), which is now an international phenomenon.

    marcus says: "It Starts coming Together"
    "Left me wanting to find out more"
    Overall
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    You can listen to this book even if you haven't seen the film (I hadn't ). The story really hooked me into wanting to see it and to find out more. The author (and narrator) is a little sanctimonious about the whole thing. I ended up thinking "good for him" - about the actor, director and financier of "The Room".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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